Stephen Waithaka, student of Metropolia's Degree Programme in IT, pitched on Accenture Digital Innovation Challenge (ADIC) stage in a competition during SLUSH 2016.
Here is his exclusive interview:
"We had this competition invitation, I actually saw the poster at Leppävaara Campus, I think it was late June, July, they invited to kick off event to develop products to different companies.
Initially there were 7 companies, Accenture were one of the organizing companies. So we went for the event and randomly they chose different applicants and they put them in a group.
The group we had were 5 people and we came up with this concept to Stora Enso. That was a Lego repackaging idea. It came last Christmas when my son was 6 yrs old and we bought him this big Lego set, costs over a hundred Euros. Kid was eager to open the package, and after Christmas it was loads of boxes and garbage to throw out. I was thinking at the trash area, how to reuse these materials. So we came up with the idea that the box could be part of the lego play. So, you can basically use it as a roof or as other part of your play.
So, during this I met one Russian Aalto student, Ruslan, so we thought we could participate the competition together. So later Accenture gave us two more team members added to the group.
In October we had a Case Day, to be assigned a company and come with a solution for them at Hernesaari Tapahtumakeskus Telakka. We were assigned Kalmar company, their problem was how to create a new business out of their Big Data. By the end of the day we had created a system that basically solves traffic jams in the Ports. It was first just an SMS based.
Using the Big Data you could solve the whole ecosystem. Easy for the ports, tracks, containers. Just In Time arrival to Port, no queue 4-5 days before. As the housekeeping of the container piles is a loads of waste of time and money, our solution was best of Kalmar's seven competition teams. And so we came to the finals as Team Conductors.
We have been preparing to this competition with Kalmar, Accenture and Fjord to make this three (3) minutes presentation. It went quite well. This solution NoQ has early potential of 1 Billion Euros. Estimated by Kalmar itself. It's a big challenge. Kalmar is 1,8 Billion company and this new product could be half of their revenue. Not bad!
My feeling now is incredible. We were having sleepless nights. Biggest problems were people could not relate to traffic. Challenge is to get the judges and audience to understand what is really a traffic queue at ports and terminals. The plan is now to continue some courses to finish studies. Kalmar will be in touch if we will be part of the team creating this concept to real product. We had in our team Valeriy (Kazakh), Ruslan (Russian), Van (Vietnamese) and me (Kenyan). We see how it goes!"